What should the government spend to save a life?

This is a very sensitive topic that is most often side-stepped. But it applies many areas of our lives - healthcare in general, wars, crime, poverty, gun rights, end-of-life medical treatments, dealing with pandemics, overpopulation...

Is it just one of those subjects that cannot be rationally discussed? Why?

Is it inextricably bound up with our obsession with money? Or our refusal to accept death as a part of life? Hard to say, because we are totally in the closet on this one.
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“You never change things by fighting the existing reality.
To change something, build a new model that makes the old model obsolete.”
– R. Buckminster Fuller